PARIS, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis has learned through the Canadian Ministry of Health website that Novopharm Limited has obtained marketing approval in Canada for a product claiming to be generic enoxaparin.
Sanofi-aventis companies Aventis Pharma Inc. and Aventis Pharma S.A. are bringing suit in the Federal Court against Novopharm for patent infringement of Canadian patent 2045433, which covers Lovenox(R).
Sanofi-aventis will vigorously defend its legal rights with respect to this patent.
Sanofi-Aventis is the world's 3rd largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number 1 in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic disorders, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-Aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York
The sanofi-aventis Group conducts business in the U.S. through its affiliates Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc. and Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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